Since 2012, we have been a proud community partner of the DC Diaper Bank and glad to be a diaper distribution site for the low-income Washington, D.C. families that we serve. Every month, D.C. residents with a baby or infant can receive one box of 50 diapers for each child in their care.
Providing for a new child is expensive – babies often require their diaper to be changed eight to ten times a day, costing care takers roughly $120 a month in added expenses. Unfortunately diapers are not able to be subsidized through many federal assistance programs available to low-income families. With one in three families struggling to provide diapers, the alternatives are hard: either overuse diapers, or cut food or childcare to help cover the costs.
In 2013, Little Lights distributed 36,650 diapers.
Through our Family Center at the Potomac Gardens Housing Units, we’re not only able to provide immediate resources like diapers, but we’re able to provide job preparedness training, clothing for interviews, and more. Thanks to our partnership with the DC Diaper Bank, we’re able to empower parents and caretakers in our community.
To learn more about the DC Diaper Bank and their work in our nation’s capital, visit them online.